Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes are really such an easy meal and loved by many. It’s one of those meals you feel safe making for truly any event. Who needs to use a can of Manwich or a seasoning pack when you can simply make Sloppy Joes yourself using some wholesome ingredients.

This Sloppy Joe recipe has amazing flavor too! You just might even welcome skipping the bun and eating it with a spoon. They are that good! We have loved the pioneer women’s sloppy joe recipe and have added some stuff to this recipe over the years.

I’m not a huge fan of meat, but these Sloppy Joes I can handle. With this recipe I’m sharing we wanted to make sure it included lots of onions, peppers, and garlic. All the good stuff! Oh, and I can’t forget 1 secret ingredient…1 jalapeño. Don’t worry it doesn’t bring a ton of heat but it sure does give it a good flavor.

Follow along and soon you’ll be enjoying these yummy Sloppy Joes too! I will also link the pioneer women’s sloppy joe recipe so you can see where we got our inspiration. Check out the recipe, and her other recipes. They are all amazing!!


Recipe adapted from Pioneer Women’s Sloppy Joe Recipe– This recipe listed below has more onion, peppers, garlic. A good addition we’ve discovered recently is instead of tomato paste using diced little tomatoes from the garden works great! And letting it simmer longer is better!


Ingredients for these Sloppy Joes:

  • 2 pounds of 85%- 90% lean ground beef (I personally like using a leaner beef)
  • 1 green pepper -diced
  • 1 Red pepper -diced
  • 1 jalapeño -diced (remove seeds)
  • 1 yellow onion -diced
  • 6 cloves of garlic -minced
  • 1 pack of hamburger buns
  • Salt and pepper- season to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Bread & butter pickles (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste or 1/4 cup of chopped fresh little tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce or more to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups of Ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

Let’s get started….

Diced peppers, onions, garlic and jalapino
Sloppy Joes- City Foodie Farm

First, you’ll want to start by getting your ingredients prepped. Start by rinsing and drying your peppers. Then dice your onion, peppers, and garlic, and add them to your prep plate.

Add 1 tablespoon of butter to the pan. Heat on med to high heat. Once it’s melted, add in your 2 pounds of ground beef. Sauté and break it up into small pieces.

After it’s cooked, do not drain (removing some grease optional ) Push the meat to one side. Start by adding in your onions, peppers, and garlic. And season as you go. Saute for a couple of mins then mix everything together.

Now it’s time to add the rest of your ingredients.

First add 1 1/2 cups of ketchup, 2 tablespoons of tomato paste (If you don’t have any add some fresh diced tomatoes 1/4 cup). We made them recently and used little tomatoes.

Next, add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, then add 1 teaspoon of ground mustard, and 2 teaspoons chili powder, and now 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce. Make sure to season with a dash of salt and pepper.

Adding the seasoning to sauteed ground beef, peppers, garlic and onions.
Sloppy Joes- City Foodie Farm

Lastly, add 1 cup of water, and mix everything together. Then continue to simmer on low for about 30 mins.

Sloppy Joes- City Foodie Farm
This is when you give it one last taste. Season if needed.
Sloppy Joes- City Foodie Farm

Don’t they look yummy?!

Sloppy Joes topped with bread and butter pickles- City Foodie Farm

Simply add some sloppy Joes to a bun with some chips & dip, and some baked beans, and now you’re ready to eat! We love to top with bread and butter pickles, diced onions, or some cheese.


It’s such a simple meal, but it’s so good! I hope this becomes a family favorite! If you liked this recipe, please share it with a friend. Thank you!!




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